Planting Out Kale and Kohlrabi

On April 6th I sowed kohlrabi and on April 9th I sowed some kale in pots.

Kohlrabi and Silverbeet seedlings

Kale seedlings

All the kohlrabi seedlings made it into the ground yesterday but I had way too many kale seedlings to plant them all out. Since they were from seeds harvested in my organic gardening class I’d expected a lower success rate – that’ll teach me!

I haven’t planted out the silverbeet seedlings yet because I don’t have a chicken-wire barricade around the bed they’ll go into and I’ve learned my lesson in planting out anything that isn’t protected from my local pests (neighbour’s cat, my chickens, a bandicoot and possums that live in or near my garden).

I’m still in the first quarter of the moon which is great for seeding plants (like peas) but I think it will be fine for my brassicas as well. I certainly hope so anyway because I don’t want to wait 3 weeks for the phase to come around again!


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5 Responses to Planting Out Kale and Kohlrabi

  1. they are looking good

    • Well, they’re looking okay. I hate the first couple of days after transplanting seedlings. They spend all that time lying on their side playing dead. They they spring up (if I’m lucky) and I can breath a sigh of relief.

  2. They look great! We’ve already lost most of our kohlrabi and kale to either cabbage worms or flea beetles. I should have covered them before those creatures had their free lunch. It’s OK. Our fish and chickens love the greens and the bugs 🙂 I hope you have much better luck with yours!

    • I’ve protected mine from the large predators but not the cabbage moth and its viscious off-spring. I will tackle those by hand (spraying with garlic and veggie oil spray, squishing eggs and picking off worms to feed to my chooks) when the time comes.

      When my kohlrabi has been eaten in the past, the stem (the bulb you eat) is still fine. The cabbage worms don’t eat that so maybe you still a have an edible crop.

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